The Banzai in-ground pool slide is responsible for the death of a 29 yr old mother in Massachusetts. Two other people have been permanently disabled by injuries caused by this defective product. The slide deflates during use, allowing people using the slide to hit their heads on the concrete at the edge of the pool. The slide is also prone to topple in windy conditions.
The slides,manufactured in China by Manley Toys, Ltd, were sold at Walmart and Toys-R-Us all across the country from Jan. 2005 through June 2009. Walmart and Toys-R-Us, in conjunction with the Consumer Products Safety Commission recalled about 21,000 slides because of the danger of serious injury when the slide deflates during use and its tendency to topple in windy conditions. The manufacturer and distributors of the slides did not adequately warn consumers about either of these life-threatening defects.
The recalled slides have the barcode number 2675315734 and model number 15734. Both the barcode and model number appear on the original packaging but are not on the actual slide. The vinyl slides have a blue base, yellow sliding mat and an arch going over the top of the slide. By connecting a hose to the top of the slide, water can be sprayed on its downward slope. The words ‘Banzai Splash’ are printed in a circular blue, orange and white logo, shaped like a wave on either side of the slide.